The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude


By (author) Paul Auster, Introduction by Pascal Bruckner

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 15mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143112228
  • ISBN 13: 9780143112228
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 166,365

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In this debut work by "New York Times"-bestselling author Paul Auster ("The New York Trilogy"), "The Invention of Solitude," a memoir, established Auster's reputation as a major new voice in American writing. His moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the memories of his father who was a distant, undemonstrative, and cold man who died an untimely death. As he sifts through his Father's things, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In the second section, the perspective shifts and Auster begins to reflect on his own identity as a father by adopting the voice of a narrator, "A." Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations "A," contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, turning the story into a self-conscious reflection on the process of writing.

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of "The New York Trilogy" and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.